It’s always interesting to have a look at the details of the voting. Nowadays as we have the full results by juries and televoters. This means that we can see which countries have profited from the juries or the televoters and which countries did not. In the attachment you will also find the complete scoreboards where you can allocate which jury or televoters by a country gave their points to.
There are surprising results for each show:
The great winner Salvador Sobral from Portugal has received one of the highest points ever, he was the clear winner for both juries and public votes. With jury voting only both the Netherlands and United Kingdom would have been in the Top 10, but Romania and Hungary would have fallen deeper into the middle field. It would also have no change to the last places, Spain would have come last and Germany second last.
If there would have been only televoting and no jury Croatia and France would have made the 9th and 10th place, while Norway and Australia would have been pushed on the other side of the scoreboard. It also looks very surprising that a lot of countries like Denmark, Israel, Spain, Germany, Australia and Austria have received very little points from the public, Austria did not even receive a single point!
General it’s a good solution to make the jury and televote split 50/50, to have a realistic mixture of professional expert juries as well a view from the viewers what they liked best. And it’s even more transparent with the full votes and the double amount of points. But the system has a disadvantage since decades, as it only counts the Top 10 ranks. From the 11th to the 26th place there would be no point for a country. And if a country is always ranked 11th, it will not receive a single point. This has always been like this. A fairer way of a true result would be to give points from 1-26, so that every country at least get some points and not only for the top 10 countries.
If there would have been only Juries to vote in this Semi Final 1, Belgium and Poland would have not made it into the Grand Final, therefore Georgia and the Czech Republic would have been in, the Czech Republic would have even reached the 7th place! Portugal would have been the clear favourite, followed by Australia and Sweden. The last place with only jury voting would have been Latvia with 1 point. Interesting to see is that one of the favourites Belgium only received 33 points from the juries, that’s probably due to Blanche’s performance on the jury final night. At the end Belgium reached the 4th place in the Grand Final.
On the other hand, if there would only be televoting Australia would have not made it into the Grand Final, the Australian song was a clear “jury song”, as in the Grand Final it only received 2 points by the televoters, even though it reached the 9th place at the end. Albania would have been in the Grand Final, due to the high televoting numbers. The Czech Republic has received the lowest points by the televoters, so Martina Barta came last by the televoters.
In a pure view of the jury results both Romania and Croatia would have not made it into the Grand Final, while Serbia and Malta would have been in. San Marino did not even get a single point by the juries and the fan favourite Estonia could not meet the taste of the juries with only 16 points. The clear winner of the Semi Final 2 was Bulgaria both from jury and televotes.
In contrast the televorters were delighted by the Estonian entry and if there would have been only televoting allowed, Estonia would have made the qualification, it came sixth by the televoters. Also Switzerland made the 10th place with the televotes, so Switzerland almost made it to the Grand Final. Hungary received the second highest votes from the public, while the juries only put him on the 8th place. In the Grand Final Hungary came 8th as well.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!